The Month for Music

September is a sleepy month for many music clubs (sleepy for a city that has music around the clock, at least); when October comes, it’s hard to make a schedule for seeing live music that doesn’t leave one sleep deprived. Highlights for an October filled with concerts, many from national touring bands, include: the much anticipated rescheduled Paul McCartney show Oct. 11 at the Smoothie King Center; indie god Beck on Oct. 5 at House of Blues; indie goddess Jenny Lewis at the Civic on Oct. 7; the Willy Wonkafied pop star Katy Perry on Oct. 8 at the Smoothie King Center; guitar virtuoso St. Vincent at House of Blues on Oct. 9; multifaceted vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello on Oct. 10 at the Contemporary Arts Center; and finally, the Voodoo Experience in City Park Halloween weekend. Check the locations’ websites for more information.


Culture Vulture

Get a mega dose of the fine arts in October, where many of the city’s grande dame institutions present their cultural seasons. The New Orleans Ballet Association presents its second show of the season, the Connecticut-based dancer-illusionist company MOMIX’s “Alchemia;” the New Orleans Opera Association opens its season with the beloved Carmen; and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has several concerts, including the “Beethoven and Blue Jeans Series.” Information,, and


Hollywood South

Celebrate the explosion in filmmaking in New Orleans and Louisiana at the New Orleans Film Festival, featuring not only locally made films, but also films from around the country and the world you may not see on a local screen otherwise. A busy week-and-a-half of hot-ticket film screenings, talk-backs and parties at locations around town, this year’s festival opens with Kevin Costner’s locally shot Black and White and closes with Joe Lauro’s New Orleans music documentary, The Big Beat. Information,





Oct. 4 Art for Art’s Sake, Warehouse Arts District and Magazine Street. Information,

Oct. 4-Nov. 2 Southern Rep presents Broomstick, Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Information,

Oct. 7-12 Broadway in New Orleans presents Chicago, Saenger Theatre. Information,

Oct. 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25 Oktoberfest, Rivertown. Information,

Oct. 10-12 Louisiana Seafood Festival, City Park Festival Grounds. Information,

Oct. 11 Japan Fest, New Orleans Museum of Art. Information,

Oct. 12 Celebracion Latina, Audubon Zoo. Information,

Oct. 17-18 & 24-25 Boo at the Zoo, Audubon Zoo. Information,

Oct. 17-19 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Lafayette Square Park. Information,

Oct. 18 Anba Dlo Halloween Festival, New Orleans Healing Center. Information,

Oct. 18 O What a Night! Gala, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Information,

Oct. 24 Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour, Saenger Theatre. Information,

Oct. 28 New Orleans Pelicans versus Orlando Magic, Smoothie King Center. Information,